Unfortunately, some of the darkness of the original was lost along the way — ironically maintaining any of the reviews from being too glowing.
The consensus regarding star/ controversy fulcrum Scarlett Johansson is that she’s very good in the role … but was better in her other, more challenging not-quite-human roles in Her and Under The Skin( both of which you should totally ensure !).
Jordan Mintzer, THR: “…the real issue in Ghost in the Shell may have less to do with whitewashing than with brainwashing, as it often feels like the screenwriters( Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger) chose to jettison the more thought-provoking, cryptic aspects of their source material in favor of a streamlined actioner that jumps from one fight to another without much contemplation.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian: “It has been standardised and westernised with hardly any actual Japanese characters left in it, and effectively reimagined as a superhero origin myth, with tropes derived from the existing templates laid down by Metropolis, Robocop, Blade Runner and Total Recall.”
Guy Lodge, Variety: “Spectacularly honoring the minds and esthetic of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved animated adaptations without resorting wholly to slavish cosplay, this is smart, hard-lacquered amusement that may only trump the original movies for galloping storytelling momentum and sheer, coruscating visual excitement even if a measure of their eerie, melancholic spirit hasn’t quite carried over to the immaculate new carapace.”
Mike McCahill, indieWire: “In 2013 ‘s unsettling Under the Skin,[ Johansson] was directed into signaling a hybrid’s dawning consciousness( and conscience ); here, she’s limited to looking puzzled while convoluted plot components stream around her.”
Dan Jolin, Empire: “So heavily derivative it doesn’t feel like anything new, and there’s little depth beneath that slick surface. But it’s solid and attractive, at the least, with a retro appeal to its cyberpunk stylings.”
Rosie Fletcher, Digital Spy: “To watch in 3D( and especially IMAX, if you can) is to be entirely immersed in an incredible foreigner landscape. So much so that the plot, such that it is, rattles like an annoying tour guide in the background when you’re trying to enjoy the view.”
Ben Croll, The Wrap: “Ghost in the Shell constructs the most sense if you look at it as a cosplay movie, one that forgoes trying anything new and instead wows you with the assured and accomplished way with which it recreates in live-action what had only exists within animated cels. Which it truly does.”
Nick Levine, NME: “It’s another entertaining but slightly frustrating origin narrative with one eye on creating a franchise. There’s substance here, but it doesn’t match the film’s glorious style.”
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[ Image via Paramount Pictures .]